vernonfelton

I'm bald. I've been riding since 1986 and writing about it professionally since 1997. I was Editor in Chief of Bike Magazine, as well as Gear Editor, Web Editor, Senior Editor and Editor at Large. I like pork.

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Apr 2, 2018 at 13:39
Apr 2, 2018
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Mar 2, 2018 at 11:14
Mar 2, 2018
Wolf Tooth ReMote Light Action - Review
I dig it. It provides a light touch, for sure. Some people may prefer the standard ReMote for the Giant, but I'm digging the Light Action version.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Mar 2, 2018 at 8:08
Mar 2, 2018
The Crappier, the Better - Opinion
@mtbbikeaddict, ah, it's just healthy shit talking. We have a finely-honed regimen of morning smack-talk. It's like verbal calisthenics....a cup of morning coffee for the soul. It's a good thing. We mock Aston's e-bike love, he subtly reminds us that he's raced at a level the rest of us will never match...it goes on and on...it's undoubtedly the best part of the daily office ritual.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Mar 2, 2018 at 8:05
Mar 2, 2018
The Crappier, the Better - Opinion
@djbuilder: Can't argue with that. I did spent a lot of time riding the bike out on the Olympic Peninsula in some deep snow, but I'd be all about riding groomed fatbike trails.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Mar 2, 2018 at 0:02
Mar 2, 2018
The Crappier, the Better - Opinion
@dlford: Nah, Pops is down in the Monterey/Carmel Valley area. He was shacked up in Downieville and, later, Truckee for a good number of years, but that's over in the Sierras....about a six or seven hour drive south and east from Humboldt, which is way up in the upper lefthand corner of Northern California. People in the Bay Area call themselves "Northern Californians", but folks up in Humboldt tend to smirk a bit at that...Humboldt's another solid five hours north of the Bay Area. But to your point, Pops would fit right in to Humboldt and he's definitely been up in that neck of the woods plenty of times. He's a wandering soul, old Ferrentino is. Like Caine from Kung Fu...but balder and with an encyclopedic knowledge of, well, pretty much everything.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Mar 1, 2018 at 18:51
Mar 1, 2018
The Crappier, the Better - Opinion
Then you clearly haven't been up there. Simple as that. Humboldt folks are a tough, independent lot. People have all sorts of perceptions about California, based, I imagine, on movies or time spent in the Golden State's metropolitan areas (which, I agree, are generally chock full of crazy and entitled...don't get me started on that rant). There are, however, vast chunks of that state that aren't anything like that. Most of the state (in land mass, not population numbers), in fact. Seriously, if you haven't been to Humboldt or Del Norte counties. Go. Most Californians (I think it's something like 70 percent) never make it that far north either...but then again, it's a big state. It used to take me 12 hours, non stop, to drive down from Humboldt to Bike Mag's office in San Clemente... That's a lot of terra firma.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Mar 1, 2018 at 14:22
Mar 1, 2018
The Crappier, the Better - Opinion
Agreed, @mikeyrides. I think any bike that keeps you turning circles is a good bike, as long as we're not being goons on them. Are there bikes I prefer to fatbikes? Oh, hells yeah. But I'll gladly take a pedal in the snow on a fatbike over a day spent grumbling at my computer screen because the world outside has turned into the Ice Planet Hoth.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Mar 1, 2018 at 10:41
Mar 1, 2018
Now THAT Was a Bike: Bontrager Race Lite
@Stumpy2: Thanks, man, I really appreciate that.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Feb 28, 2018 at 21:37
Feb 28, 2018
Now THAT Was a Bike: Bontrager Race Lite
@TyPierce, great story. Yeah, the SID was the hot shit back then, because it was blue and weighed about as much as a mouse fart, but the Marzocchi was soooo much better. I still have a Bomber Z2 Atom 80 in the garage that I am inordinately fond of. They were light years ahead of everybody else in terms of durability and flat out performance. You paid a weight penalty, but, damn, that era of Marzocchi was so good. Avid Arch Supremes....now you're bringing me back. Yep, between those and the Syncros crankset, that bike was dressed to the nines. Stoked to hear that you managed to wring so much life out of it. It's crazy when you consider this was the ultralight frame with the machined headtube and all. Bontrager billed the Race as the truly indestructible version and the Race Lite as the flyweight racer, but the Race Lite was still remarkably bomber. I'm trying to divest myself of a lot of the bikes and parts I've accumulated over the years. I'm like a crazy cat lady/bike hoarder. I'm getting better about parting with stuff...it's all just material objects and I can't take it with me and so forth...but if I had a Race Lite, I'd never let it go. Glad that you still have yours. Every rider I know who sold their Bontrager now regrets it. Ride on.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Feb 28, 2018 at 17:03
Feb 28, 2018
Now THAT Was a Bike: Bontrager Race Lite
@codypup: I was conscious of the trope and steered clear of it, though you have to admit: truer words have never been uttered.
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